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win a prize pack from ‘American Dreamz’ (now closed)

NOW CLOSED. WINNER: Holly. Click through to read the winning caption.

WIN: a prize pack from the new satire American Dreamz

HOW: write a funny caption for an image from the film

THE RULES: If you have not won a prize in one of my caption contests or gimme giveaways in 2006*, and you have a United States mailing address, you’re eligible to win. If one or both of those rules exclude you but you’re moved by the muse of comedy, feel free to send me a caption anyway — you might get an honorable mention… but let me know you’re entering only for fun. (*Micropatrons who’ve snagged some exclusive micropatron goodies are eligible to win one of these prizes.)

Oh, two more simple rules: 1) Be clever, be original, make me giggle. 2) One entry per person.
To celebrate the release of the new satirical flick American Dreamz, starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Willem Dafoe, and Mandy Moore, I’ve got a prize pack of goodies from the film to give away, courtesy of Universal Pictures. Here’s the scoop on the movie from Universal:

Filmmaker Paul Weitz–whose comic explorations have ventured into the synergistic halls of corporate culture (In Good Company), the perils of psychological isolationism (About a Boy) and the vicissitudes of losing one’s virginity (American Pie)–now delivers a comedy yanked from right-now popular culture…where the nation’s shrinking attention span is more focused on “what’s hot” than on hot-button headlines: American Dreamz.

On the morning of his re-election, the President (Quaid) decides to read the newspaper for the first time in four years. This starts him down a slippery slope. He begins reading obsessively, reexamining his black and white view of the world, holing up in his bedroom in his pajamas. Frightened by the President’s apparent nervous breakdown, his Chief of Staff (Dafoe) pushes him back into the spotlight, booking him as a guest judge on the television ratings juggernaut (and the President’s personal fave), the weekly talent show American Dreamz.

America can’t seem to get enough of American Dreamz, hosted by self-aggrandizing, self-loathing Martin Tweed (Grant), ever on the lookout for the next insta-celebrity. His latest crop of hopefuls includes Sally (Moore), a conniving steel magnolia with a devoted, dopey veteran boyfriend (Klein), and Omer, a recent Southern Californian immigrant (who just happens to be a bumbling, show tune singing, would-be terrorist awaiting activation). When both Sally and Omer make it to the final round of Dreamz–where the President will be judging along with Tweed–the stage is set for a show the nation will never forget.

Visit the official site. Watch the trailer: Windows Media (small/medium/large) or QuickTime (small/medium/large).

Read my review.

To enter to win the prize pack, send a funny caption for this still from the movie:

please use this link to enter by sending ONE caption and your U.S. mailing address

Holly’s winning caption: “Yeah! The wiggles are my favorite!”



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